Unabashedly Nonspecific

A couple weeks ago I had a comment here on the blog asking that I get into more of the specifics of my spins — wpi, tpi, ratios, etc — when sharing my finished handspun yarns. I’ll admit, I’ve always found myself walking a line here between my knitting readers and spinning readers, unconsciously trying to feel my way to where the right amount of detail is for both groups of crafters. I don’t want to get so specific that I lose those who aren’t spinners, but I do want to share enough detail that spinners can understand easily what I’m doing. I’m likely making a mountain out of a mole-hill, but it has been an issue that I feel like I’ve been dancing around for a good long while now.

After quite a bit of consideration and more than a little of my own special brand of soft-shoeing, I’ve come to the realization that I’m in a time and place where I’m as much spinner as knitter and my readers may be likewise more evenly divided. Therefore, it seems right that going forward I’m do my best to dive a bit more into the spinning mechanics and details when I talk about my handspun yarns. It’ll take time for me to develop the right words and vocabulary not to mention a hefty dose of discipline for me to keep better track of how I spin things, but it’s my belief that this new endeavor will not only help spinners reading this blog to learn from my work, but also help me as I continue to learn and grow as a spinner. I think all of us — knitters and spinners alike — will gain more depth of knowledge in the world of yarn if I take this next step. Together we can expand our vocabulary and understanding and I think that’s a pretty exciting prospect.

Today, however, is not day one of this journey. Today I am going to be unabashedly nonspecific. Today I’m going to share some yarns that I spun and finished before Spinzilla (and one from after), before this comment came up, and before I resolved to delve deeper. Today, I’m going to show you some yarns I spun just because, and the details, well, I’m leaving them out for today. The spins, however, I think will still be fun to see.

First up, this is a Polwarth + Silk blend called Red Rocks…

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I spun it as a simple 2-ply worsted weight yarn.

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As is true of all the yarns in this post, I haven’t properly measured it yet, but I would guess it’s around 200yards.

Next up, a Merino+Nylon blend called November Skies…

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Again, this was spun to be a simple 2-ply worsted weight yarn and is likely in the 200yard realm.

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And my third pre-spinzilla spin today is a Superwash Merino+Bamboo+Nylon blend called St Bartleby’s…

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This one I spun to be a little lighter, but as a traditional 3-ply yarn and is more like a sport of DK weigh yarn.

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I had quite a bit of waste with this one as I ran out of time and interest right before Spinzilla to try to squeeze every last yard from the singles. This 3-ply is probably more in the 200-250yard arena. I’ll be interested to know the yardage post-spa day because I usually don’t have as much waste as this one had.

And I did have one post-Spinzilla spin, as well. I won’t lie, it’s my favorite of this lot.

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I give you Rocks & Sand from Three Waters Farm on a 100% Rambouillet base.

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Again, this is a simple 2-ply, but this spin is a bit heavier, probably in the heavy aran or chunky classification. As it is heavier, the yardage is a little lower. I think it’s between 120-150 yards. I do think it’ll make an awesome hat which is what I’d originally planned for it. As you likely have noticed, hats really are my favorite thing to do with chunky Rambouillet and Merino. Cozy and smooshy and just all in all a wonderful project.

And there you have it! My latest handspun yarns, just as they are. Fast and furious spins, without a lot of technical talk. Buckle up, though, as I attempt to include the details of my new spins. I’m excited and nervous and ready to start developing a little more depth in the language I use for my handspun. The same yarns, just hopefully a little more informative and easier to fellow spinners to try out. Today, unabashedly nonspecific. Tomorrow, we start discovering how to discuss yarn in a deeper, more explicit way. I hope you’re excited to join me!

21 responses to “Unabashedly Nonspecific

  1. Love those yarns! I am so pleased you will be adding a bit more detail as I love your spinning and will love learning from you. Thanks.

  2. I am terrible at keeping track of specifics when I spin! I get so impatient about starting, then when I finish, I want to knit it up right away!

  3. Great job on these, although, surprised the blue isn’t your fave! 😂 As a non-spinner/knitter, you should put whatever info feels right to you here. I enjoy reading about the specifics even if i don’t plan to spin – it just teaches me more about yarn. Bottom line: spin and teach away! Oh, and keep sharing those FO’s, whether spinning OR knitting!

  4. i look forward to greater details about your spinning; I consider you one of my spinning teachers. A big “thank you” for writing about Three Waters Farm. TWF has become my favorite fiber source. Would you consider a more in depth explanation on how you made your Frankenstein skein? It was beautiful and I think it was made up from several different spins? Would love to hear more about the process!

    • You are very welcome! I’m so glad you love TWF, too! It’s beautiful fiber. You know, since the Frankenskein took a LONG time for me to make and I don’t know when I’ll get back to another, why don’t you shoot me an email at knittingsarah[at]gmail[dot]com and I can explain my process!

  5. They are all gorgeous! I look forward to the new details on spins. As you learn how to do it, I will be able to learn from your spinning. Thank you!

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